Rotary District 6060 runs along the eastern border of Missouri,
from Hannibal in the north down to the southern border of
Missouri in the “boot heel”.
District 6060 contains 51 Rotary clubs and over 2,000 Rotarians.
What is Rotary?
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Members of Rotary clubs, known as “Rotarians,” provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
Why Become a Rotarian?
Growing the membership of our clubs is important to Rotary, and we are always ready to hear from people who are interested in our mission and may want to join a local Rotary club.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
- Fellowship. In an increasingly complex world, Rotary maintains a simple philosophy: make friends in your own community and throughout the world.
- Giving back to the community. Service to your own community, as well as to other communities worldwide, is well organized and rewarding. If you like helping others, Rotary offers a chance to do something worthwhile and make a real difference.
- Business development. With a wealth of networking opportunities in your own club and elsewhere, Rotary is a great way to help others while helping yourself.
- Continuous learning. Weekly club meetings include programs to keep members informed about what is going on in the community and around the world.
- Personal growth & skills development. Membership in Rotary develops leadership, public speaking, business, personal and vocational skills as well as improving cultural awareness.
- Travel opportunities. Rotary offers many programs for learning about other countries through travel, whether organized in a formal team or just visiting other clubs and finding your way with the help of local Rotarians.
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
- FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
- Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
- Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
- Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.
- International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
- Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.